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Serena Williams not seeded in French Open after taking break for maternity leave
Scott Clarke / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams will not be given a seeding at this year's French Open, her first major tournament since taking maternity leave.The 36-year-old gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in September 2017.She was ranked number one when she took leave from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour last year, and had dropped to rank 453 during her absence.Without a seeding, the 23-time Grand Slam winner could face highly-ranked opponents in the early round of a tournament she has won three times.“This year, again, tournament officials will establish the list and...
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Houston Texans' star JJ Watt visits Santa Fe shooting survivors, hospital staff
Kathy Garza (SANTA FE, Texas) -- J.J. Watt, star defense end for the Houston Texans, brought cheer on Monday to survivors of the Santa Fe High School massacre.Watt was seen posing for photos and signing a shirt at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where some of the 13 injured are being treated.One survivor had a "huge smile on her face" after Watt's visit.Watt has also offered to cover the costs of funerals for all 10 students and staff members killed in the Friday morning shooting."Absolutely horrific," the NFL star tweeted hours after the massacre.This isn't the first time Watt has...
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Watershed moment for women sailors in grueling, 45,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race
Joseph Prezioso/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Spanning some 45,000 nautical miles around the world and crossing four oceans, the Volvo Ocean Race -- formerly known as the Whitbread Round-the-World Race -- is a challenging and grueling sporting marathon that takes place every three years.Six continents are visited in 11 legs over a nine-month span that began last October.For the first time in its history, the competition is making a big effort to have more women sailors participate. A new rule means that every boat in this year's race must have at least one female racing on board. The teams are...
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Georgetown University athlete walks at graduation for the first time since a spinal-cord injury
Georgetown University (WASHINGTON) -- Georgetown University linebacker Ty Williams dreamed of one day being able to walk across the stage at his own graduation just two-and-a-half years after a devastating injury during a football game left him paralyzed.On Saturday, Williams’ dream came true in front of hundreds of families and friends inside the McDonough Gymnasium. As his name was called he was pushed onto the stage in his wheelchair until, with the help of two women, he lifted himself up and began his walk across the stage.With a walker to guide his steps, Williams made his way toward university President...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/21/18
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:INTERLEAGUE Final Minnesota 3 Milwaukee 1AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Boston 5 Baltimore 0 Final Oakland 9 Toronto 2 Final Chi White Sox 3 Texas 0 Final N-Y Yankees 10 Kansas City 1 Final L-A Angels 5 Tampa Bay 2 Final Seattle 3 Detroit 2, 11 Innings Final Houston 3 Cleveland 1 NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Chi Cubs 6 Cincinnati 1 Final N-Y Mets 4 Arizona 1 Final L-A Dodgers 7 Washington 2 Final San Diego 8 Pittsburgh 5 Final Atlanta 10 Miami 9 Final St. Louis 5 Philadelphia 1 Final San...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/20/18
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday's sports events:INTERLEAGUEMilwaukee 5, Minnesota 4AMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 5, Toronto 4Cleveland 5, Houston 4Chicago White Sox 5, Texas 3Boston 6, Baltimore 3N.Y. Yankees 8, Kansas City 3Tampa Bay 5, L.A. Angels 3Seattle 7, Detroit 2NATIONAL LEAGUECincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 4, 11 InningsL.A. Dodgers 4, Washington 1Philadelphia 7, St. Louis 6San Francisco 9, Colorado 4San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 2N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 4Chicago Cubs 10, Cincinnati 0Atlanta 8, Miami 1L.A. Dodgers 5, Washington 4NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSCleveland 116, Boston 86NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSTampa Bay 3, Washington 2WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONChicago 82, Indiana 64...
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Kentucky Derby winner Justify wins Preakness
Patrick Smith/Getty Images (BALTIMORE) -- Justify came in first in the Preakness Stakes Saturday and will vie to become the 13th winner of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes next.The sloppy grounds of Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course saw Justify -- who took first in the Kentucky Derby earlier in the month -- cross the finish line in just over 1:36.The Triple Crown was last won in 2015 by American Pharoah, the first in 37 years.spot the bear and contact authorities. The bear was euthanized afterwards.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel joins professional Canadian football team
Scott Clarke/ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is continuing his professional football career. For now, however, it will not be with an NFL team.Manziel signed a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to a tweet from Manziel's official Twitter account on Saturday.In a statement released by the team, Hamilton head coach June Jones said:"We're excited to add Johnny Manziel to our roster, particularly getting it done now so that Johnny can join his new teammates and the coaching staff for a full training camp. We feel like...
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Basketball great Bill Russell released from hospital
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- NBA legend Bill Russell was released from the hospital Saturday after an overnight stay, according to ESPN.In a tweet, Russell expressed thanks for the support he received.A representative for Russell told the website TMZ that his hospital stay was a result of dehydration. TMZ also reported Russell was taken to a hospital near his Seattle area home.Russell is widely considered as one of the greatest players in NBA history. He won 11 NBA championships and was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/18/18
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEMilwaukee 8, Minnesota 3AMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 3, Toronto 1Baltimore 7, Boston 4Houston 4, Cleveland 1Texas 12, Chicago White Sox 5Kansas City 5, N.Y. Yankees 2Tampa Bay 8, L.A. Angels 3Seattle 5, Detroit 4NATIONAL LEAGUESan Diego 3, Pittsburgh 2N.Y. Mets 3, Arizona 1Chicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 1Miami 2, Atlanta 0St. Louis 12, Philadelphia 4Colorado 6, San Francisco 1L.A. Dodgers at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponedNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSVegas 3, Winnipeg 2WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhoenix 86, Dallas 78Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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